The Olympics

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    What do you think? Are they worth it? Do they bring the world together or divide it? Does the Olympics really have a reputation to be proud of anymore?

    My take is that the mess up of the following proves the Olympics no longer upholds the ideals it was restarted for and needs to either be stopped or drastically changed.

    Boxing judges under fire amid "fix" claims - Boxing News | NBC Olympics
     
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    Good job of giving this a neutral title. I think that is important in this forum.

    The possibility and reality of some folks cheating should not be the reason to end the Olympic spirit and mission. Indeed, it points to the reason we need to support these type of efforts even more. Should be end the Nobel Peace Prize, because some have been given the reward for political reasons?
     
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    So what can we do to fix the problems?
     
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    Cheaters are clever many times. Penalize cheaters more heavily. Peer pressure works pretty well, go after all the medals of the team. You could alternately, ban the country from the next Olympics.
     
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    Preemptive drug testing would be nice. If you take PEDs and you win only later to have your medal stripped: well, you still won that day, you stood on the podium, got the admiration, endorsement deals, etc. If you weren't even allowed to compete: much bigger deterrent.

    For people throwing games/matches/races: what are you gonna do? If you know for sure, kick 'em out. But the bottom line is that wherever there is competition, there's going to be cheaters.

    The Olympics are great because it puts a lot of spectacular athletes on a big world stage to compete against the world's best. It awards them with the honor of competing for their country, connects them with the best competition in the world and lets the world into their sport which is often not televised (with the exception of basketball in the summer and hockey at the winter games).
     
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    It also unites us as a world community.
     
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    I watched some womens beach vollyball today, not sure who was playing or who won but it was fantastic.
     
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    Having played beach volleyball, I appreciate the reaction time it takes on the sand, strategy and amount of area you must defend.
     
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    There is strategy involved?
     
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    Your missing the hand signals?
     

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